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Spring 2024

  •      May 11, 2024 (EDT, USA) Global Daoist Studies Forum: Spirit-Writing Practice and Culture in Late Joseon
    8-9:30PM on Saturday, May 11 (EDT, USA)
    8-9:30AM on Sunday, May 12 (Hong Kong time)
    9-10:30AM on Sunday, May 12 (Seoul time)
    Moderators: Xun Liu, Norifumi Sakai, and Jonathan Pettit
    To register, click HERE

    “Spirit Writing and Healing Practice of the Gwanwang Shrine in the Late Joseon Period” by Kim Jihyun
    “Korean Wenchang Spirit-Writing Scriptures of the 19th Century” by Kim Youn Gyeong
  •      March 14, 2024 Lecture by Jodi Magness “More than just Mosaics: The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee”
    7:30pm University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Art Building Auditorium Room 132
    Organized by the Department of Religions & Ancient Civilizations, AIA-Hawaii, Sidney Stern Memorial Fund
    Professor Jodi Magness has been directing excavations in the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee since 2011. The excavations have brought to light the remains of a monumental Late Roman (fifth century AD) synagogue building paved with stunning and unique mosaics, including biblical scenes and the first non-biblical story ever discovered decorating an ancient synagogue. In this slide-illustrated lecture, Professor Magness describes these exciting finds, including the discoveries made in the last season. For more information visit or contact Robert Littman (

Fall 2023

  •      October 18, 2023  Lecture by Dr. Robert Littman “The Rosetta Stone, the Egyptian Revolt and Tell Timai”
    12:30pm University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Sakamaki Hall Room A201
    Organized by the History Forum
    The Rosetta Stone contains a bilingual decree, written in Egyptian and Greek that was the key to the decipherment of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.  The proclamation established the divine cult of the new ruler, Ptolemy 5 in 196 BC, amidst a major revolt of the native Egyptians against the Greeks. 
    This lecture will discuss the Rosetta Stone, the Egyptian revolt, and the new archaeological discoveries related to the Egyptian revolt at the site of Tell Timai, in the Nile Delta.  Read Article 
  •      In Memoriam:  Dr. Cromwell Crawford
    Our sincere thoughts of sympathy go to the family of Dr. Cromwell Crawford, who passed away on August 11, 2023.  Dr. Crawford served as a long time faculty member for 40+ years in the Department of Religion from 1965-2007.  During his time at the University of Hawaii, he served as the Department Chair and Graduate Chair of the Department of Religion as well as the Director of the Center for South Asian Studies, School of Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Studies.  He was a devoted teacher, who received an award from Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle in 2005 for teaching for 40 years without missing a single day of class.  We will remember his many contributions to our department and students.   

Summer 2023

  •      Congratulations to Professor Marie Alohalani Brown!
    Marie Alohalani Brown has been promoted to Professor, the highest academic rank at the University of Hawai’i!  Her promotion reflects an already distinguished career with the promise of many more important contributions to come.  She will also take on the role as Graduate Chair for the Department starting in August 2023.  Congratulations!  

Spring 2023

  •      April 7-8, 2023  International Workshop organized by Prof. Michel Mohr
    “Befriending the Afterlife: Approaches to Death and Dying in the East-Asian Traditions”
    Held at National Taiwan University
    Prof. Mohr will also present “From Tomb to Womb: Reflections on the Usage of the Embryo Metaphor in the Chinese Version of the Tathāgathagarbhasūtra”
  •      March 21, 2023  Talk by Dr. Karma Lekshe Tsomo
    “Wisdom from the Center of the Heart:  Buddhism, Race & Sexuality”
    6:30pm – 7:30pm University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Watanabe Hall Room 112
  •      March 17, 2023  Paper Presentation by Prof. Jonathan Pettit
    “Stony Brains and Divine Apples: Drugs, Poetry, and the Limits of Being Human in 4th Century China”
    This paper investigates how writers and readers of early medieval Daoist writings envisioned their human identities in relation to obtaining godhood.  It will be presented at the Association for Asian Studies annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts
  •      March 1, 2023  Faculty Round Table moderated by Prof. Jonathan Pettit
    Epigraphic and Archeological Materials as Sources for Daoist Lived Religion
    (Co-Sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies)

    This roundtable features a research project that moves beyond canonical textual sources to advance the study of Daoism through archaeological and epigraphic materials, including statues, stele inscriptions, cave shrines, temple inscriptions, and inscribed tomb epitaphs.
  •      Congratulations to Religions Student Justin Takiguchi!
    Justin is the inaugural recipient of the Elizabeth Spann Award, given to support undergraduate research/education for students in the College of Arts, Languages and Letters.  Justin has engaged in intensive study of Ancient Greek and Hebrew and was nominated for the award by the RAC faculty.    
  •      February 14, 2023 Book Talk with Prof. Jonathan Pettit
    “A Library of Clouds: The Scripture of the Immaculate Numen and the Rewriting of Daoist Texts”
    4:00pm – 5:00pm Hamilton Library Room 306 
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